Power, Corruption, Lies and that email

I had a nice week off there. Was told on Friday about sevco going to division three. All in all good stuff. When I returned I read statements from ICT and ST Mirren chairmen berating SFL clubs for voting sevco into division three because it would cause them financial difficulties.
Well they had the chance to vote sevco into the SPL voted against it and punted the matter on to the SFL. The Vast majority of the SFL invited sevco into the SPL with the stipulation that they start in division three. Great stuff, integrity wins the day and all that has to be done is for the SFA to decide to either allow the transfer of dead Rangers to sevco or make sevco apply for new membership decided who goes up to the SPL and we move on.
Well what a surprise it seems that none of the above may happen at all accept sevco getting a membership of the SFA.
I have just found out about the leaked email Alex Thomson has in his possession and it seems all along even before the SPL vote that the SFA and SPL were busy behind the scenes carving up our game.
To my mind this is proof of corruption and lies from the SFA and SPL and as such fans must pressurise their clubs once again to adhere to both the SPL and SFL decisions regarding sevco and demand the removal of Regan and Doncaster ASAP.
Tomorrow there will be an SPL meeting where it is possible that they may extend and invitation to sevco to join the spl.
What should happen tomorrow is that the SFA ratify the vote of the SFL regarding sevco’s place in division three. At some time soon Sevco should be given an option of either joining as a new member providing they can satisfy the criteria or except transfer of the old Rangers membership and all the punishment for the cheating they carried out. Nothing else is acceptable.
Just in case any one has missed it here’s that damming email:
The email of June 23 is to:
Scottish Premier League chief exec Neil Doncaster; Scottish Football League boss David Longmuir, SFL President Jim Ballantyne, SFA vice-president Alan McRae, Hibernian FC chief exec Rod Petrie and SPL chairman Ralph Topping.
Dear all,
Many thanks for your contribution and support over the last two weeks in trying to deliver a programme of change that will move Scottish football forward whilst addressing the need to deal with the Rangers matter with integrity and in line with our own values as an organisation.
I was hugely encouraged with where we got to last night on a long and tiring phone call and I thank all of you for your efforts to move this issue forward.
I thought it would be helpful if I summarised where I think we are:
1. The Rangers Football Club will be relegated to the 1st Division of the SFL with immediate effect and will be replaced in the SPL by Dundee FC.
2. The television rights for Rangers FC matches in the SFL will be purchased by the SPL for the sum of £1m as a one-off fee for the season 2012/2013.
3. The two leagues will merge into a single league body – The Scottish Professional Football League – effective season 2013/14 – with a working party set up immediately involving representatives from the SPL, SFL and (if required) the Scottish FA to plan the integration of the two bodies – people, rules, rebranding, commercial considerations and so on.
4. A new Board of Directors will be appointed to govern the single league. The make up of this Board will consist of an Independent Chairman, CEO, 3 representatives from the Premier League, 2 representatives from the 
Championship/Leagues 1 & 2 and 2 Independent Non-Executive Directors.
5. Play-offs will be introduced immediately with the first matches taking place at the end of the coming season 2012/2013.
6. Enhanced parachute payments will be implemented from the end of the season 2012/2013 to soften the landing for club(s) relegated from the Premier League.
7. A revised all-through distribution model will be put in place to provide: a) An all-through distribution model for clubs 1-22 and a minimum guarantee for 20 clubs in Leagues 1 & 2, equivalent to what they would earn under the current settlement agreement.
8. A Pyramid System will be put in place which open up the bottom of League 2 effective from the end of season 2013/2014 with the first opportunity for promoted clubs to enter the league being 2014/15 thus allowing for licensing to take place.
9. Consolidation below the Third Division to take place to create a Lowland & Highland League structure effective 2014/15 with appropriate play-offs and promotion/relegation to be put in place. Clubs to be briefed that the previous season 2013/2014 will involve the opportunity to enter play-offs for the first time.
In terms of actions/timings I think the following needs to happen in this coming week:
A) A joint statement today from all 3 bodies confirming that productive discussions have taken place on a new blueprint for Scottish football. Consultation will continue over the next two weeks with a view to clubs getting together week commencing 2nd July to try and agree the way forward. (D Broadfoot to provide this and circulate to DL/ND for approval)
B) Rod P / Jim B to finalise the all-through financial model by Wednesday this week latest.
C) Neil / David to finalise the detail on Governance, Commercials and Play-Offs (ideally Monday/Tuesday) and incorporate these, plus the financials in B) above into a legally binding Heads of Terms ‘draft’ for presentation to each league body w/c 2nd July.
D) DL to organise SFL Board Meeting w/c 25th June to gain buy-in to the plan and also arrange an all club meeting w/c 2nd July
E) ND to gain support from SPL Clubs 28th June
F) SFL Clubs Meeting to be planned for 3rd July
G) SPL Club Meeting to be planned for 4th July
H) Scottish FA Board to sign off on the final plan post 4th July. Subject to approval all bodies (including Newco) to sign legal documentation.
I) Agree joint communication strategy
J) In parallel to A-D above, could Rod Petrie please brief Charles Green confidentially on the discussions from a Scottish FA perspective so that there are ‘no surprises’ and there is a general acceptance of the plan plus all of the other conditions discussed e.g. transfer embargo, fines, repayment of football debt, waiving rights to legal challenge, acceptance of relegation and so on.
K) Andrew to ensure our check list of disclosures relating to Newco and Fit & Proper Person criteria are delivered by 2nd july. The Board will need these plus the Heads of Terms above in order to complete this plan.
The Scottish FA Board have agreed to provide a one-off restructuring budget of £1m on condition the above plan is delivered.
I hope this covers everything.
Speak soon….now off to the airport!
Regards
Stewart


Thanks to Wullie for holding the fort

Comments

  1. I do not see too much wrong here. It is a working document on trying to get a resolution. Back door discussions are always an important part of these type of situations and keeping Green involved is a good way to make sure that any of the so called investors do not get cold feet.
    Perhaps I have missed something, but I don’t see how this has any bearing on the current situation.
    Changes are going to happen within the SPL and Scottish Football. I don’t know how most of the 1st Division clubs stay full-time or even attempt to stay up when they are promoted. I would say thanks for the money but I’ll stay were I am. Then once I had done that a couple of times, established a good team and some money then come up when I am ready.
    They should have 2 divisions. 1 with Celtic, 1 with newco. Each team only plays each other twice within each league, potentially a winter break and different league end start dates to give our teams a chance in Europe. Then the top x number of clubs from each division play each other, in either a league or knockout and the end of the season. This would give the teams a fare spread of the wealth, TV coverage, with cup games etc. IT would also give the potential for 2 celtic v newco games per season, which is apparently the most important thing to a TV deal. The rarity would then make them an even bigger draw.
    The fact is that Scottish football has suffered from poor investment from the rest of the SPL for many years and the quality is not great, but I watched more SPL games last season than ever before. If you want people to buy your product (SPL Chairmen) then give them a good product to buy – the same as every other business that needs to make money.
    Apart from Dundee Utd how many other clubs had players to sell this year and make money? (ignoring celtic and rangers)
    If the business model of a football club is based on 2 home games per season making them money, then they deserve to go out of business.
    The most disappointing and shameful episode within Scottish football is about to end. The SPL, SFA and FL Chairman should go once the thing is sorted out. They have provided no leadership and as we stand with 2/3 weeks before the start of the season nobody has replaced club 12 in the fixture list. That should have been the priority for the SPL, everything else was already decided no matter how much “arranging” was going on. SFA have failed to push for quicker decisions. They should have set deadlines and told Club chairman they voted by this date or the matter would be taken out of their hands.
    What has also disappointed me over this whole episode is that all of these organisations pay for marketing and PR – have they never heard of social media or you tube. They have allowed speculation and lies to become fact.
    In all that, the new season cannot come soon enough and as soon as the friendlies started, found myself listening to the Davitts more in the car.

    1. “It is a working document on trying to get a resolution” No it’s a sneaky underhanded attempt to pervert the game by attempting to circumvent the rules to suit one club.

      1. But they didn’t change anything. If they had changed things and this document had come to light then yes I would agree about it being very damming for those involved.
        There are so many things covered in the document requiring so many other interests to agree, it would have been almost impossible to implement any of it.
        Anyway, whatever the clubs decide will be in the best interest for them and very little for me the ticket buying mug.

  2. I do not see too much wrong here. It is a working document on trying to get a resolution. Back door discussions are always an important part of these type of situations and keeping Green involved is a good way to make sure that any of the so called investors do not get cold feet.
    Perhaps I have missed something, but I don’t see how this has any bearing on the current situation.
    Changes are going to happen within the SPL and Scottish Football. I don’t know how most of the 1st Division clubs stay full-time or even attempt to stay up when they are promoted. I would say thanks for the money but I’ll stay were I am. Then once I had done that a couple of times, established a good team and some money then come up when I am ready.
    They should have 2 divisions. 1 with Celtic, 1 with newco. Each team only plays each other twice within each league, potentially a winter break and different league end start dates to give our teams a chance in Europe. Then the top x number of clubs from each division play each other, in either a league or knockout and the end of the season. This would give the teams a fare spread of the wealth, TV coverage, with cup games etc. IT would also give the potential for 2 celtic v newco games per season, which is apparently the most important thing to a TV deal. The rarity would then make them an even bigger draw.
    The fact is that Scottish football has suffered from poor investment from the rest of the SPL for many years and the quality is not great, but I watched more SPL games last season than ever before. If you want people to buy your product (SPL Chairmen) then give them a good product to buy – the same as every other business that needs to make money.
    Apart from Dundee Utd how many other clubs had players to sell this year and make money? (ignoring celtic and rangers)
    If the business model of a football club is based on 2 home games per season making them money, then they deserve to go out of business.
    The most disappointing and shameful episode within Scottish football is about to end. The SPL, SFA and FL Chairman should go once the thing is sorted out. They have provided no leadership and as we stand with 2/3 weeks before the start of the season nobody has replaced club 12 in the fixture list. That should have been the priority for the SPL, everything else was already decided no matter how much “arranging” was going on. SFA have failed to push for quicker decisions. They should have set deadlines and told Club chairman they voted by this date or the matter would be taken out of their hands.
    What has also disappointed me over this whole episode is that all of these organisations pay for marketing and PR – have they never heard of social media or you tube. They have allowed speculation and lies to become fact.
    In all that, the new season cannot come soon enough and as soon as the friendlies started, found myself listening to the Davitts more in the car.

    1. “It is a working document on trying to get a resolution” No it’s a sneaky underhanded attempt to pervert the game by attempting to circumvent the rules to suit one club.

      1. But they didn’t change anything. If they had changed things and this document had come to light then yes I would agree about it being very damming for those involved.
        There are so many things covered in the document requiring so many other interests to agree, it would have been almost impossible to implement any of it.
        Anyway, whatever the clubs decide will be in the best interest for them and very little for me the ticket buying mug.

  3. there is no lenghts that these corrupt people will stoop to make the tax dodging cheats treated differently from the rest of foot ball 35 clubs out of 42 have democraticly made there choice to put them into division3 the tax dodging cheats will be reminded that although they have done wrong there pals at hampden will make sure that the stigma lives with them for ever

  4. there is no lenghts that these corrupt people will stoop to make the tax dodging cheats treated differently from the rest of foot ball 35 clubs out of 42 have democraticly made there choice to put them into division3 the tax dodging cheats will be reminded that although they have done wrong there pals at hampden will make sure that the stigma lives with them for ever

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